Apricot, coconut and chocolate bliss balls
I go through random bursts of enthusiasm for making bliss balls. I won't make them for months and then I'll discover a new tasty combination of nutritious ingredients that works really well and I'm hooked again and find myself making them every other weekend. The combination of apricot, coconut and chocolate (from the cacao powder) brings back memories of a delicious cake my mum used to make when I was a kid with dried apricots and chocolate chips.
My kids love them as a lunchbox or after school treat. Being nut free they are lunchbox friendly and are packed full of nutrition including: - iron from the dried apricots
- protein, iron and zinc from the pepitas (pumpkin seeds),
- carbohydrates, protein and fibre from the rolled oats
- minerals and antioxidants from the raw cacao powder
I recommend that you buy preservative free dried apricots (which are brown in colour, see photo below) which you can buy at most bulk food and health food stores). Most orange coloured dried apricots that you find at regular supermarkets contain preservative 220 (sulphur dioxide) which is used to retain the orange colour of the apricots.
I hope you enjoy these tasty little morsels as much as everyone does in our house.
2 cups (380g) preservative free dried apricots*
1/2 cup (80g) preservative free desiccated coconut* 1/4 cup (25 g) raw cacao powder (or good quality unsweetened cocoa powder)
1/2 cup (40g) rolled oats
1/2 cup (70g) pepitas (pumpkin seeds)
2 Tbsp extra virgin coconut oil
Soak the apricots in hot water for 15 minutes (this will help soften the apricots and make them easier to process) and then drain them.
Add all ingredients to a food processor and blitz for a few minutes until the mixture comes together.
Sprinkle a little extra desiccated coconut on a plate and then, using wet hands, shape the mixture into small balls (I use about 2 tablespoons of the mixture per bliss ball) and roll them through the coconut to coat them.
Store the bliss balls in an airtight container in the fridge or freezer. They will keep in the fridge for about 3 weeks and in the freezer for up to 3 months. Enjoy!
Makes approx 24 bliss balls
* You can purchase preservative free desiccated coconut and dried apricots from most bulk food and health food stores.